isabel-lichtman

Seeking support

My brain is drowning in the thoughts. With each second, their volume increases, leaving my brain less and less room to breathe — a process that continues until my input is entirely lost.
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Neil McClintick

Without the privilege of stability

Community-less College

UC Berkeley transfer student Begonia Herbert was only five years old when her mother left because of her father’s physical abuse, setting a haunting precedent of familial strife.
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Ismael Farooqui

The grapes to pick

The Campus on a Hill

The death toll has risen to at least 40 in the Northern California wildfires. Fifteen separate fires have combined to tear through more than 220,000 acres, destroying nearly 6,000 buildings. For scale, imagine that the entire city of San Francisco was leveled to the ground. That would only be about
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isabel-lichtman

You can’t skip this episode

I am currently working with both a psychiatrist and a psychologist to get through this problem, and it distresses me as much as it distresses you that I am unable to motivate myself or put the same care and effort into my studies that I have for my entire life.
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Neil McClintick

Looking for a sign: The perks of community college

Community-less College

I stared intently, mesmerized by the infinitely repeating loop. Evergreen Valley, Foothill, De Anza, San Jose City — the names of local community colleges continuously flashed in red-lit font across the canvas of the LED sign normally used for banal announcements. My friend and I had been casually laying in
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Ismael Farooqui

Budget Smudget! Defending UC Berkeley’s public mission

The Campus on a Hill

When I was at Yale University one summer, I found myself reflecting on the little differences between it and UC Berkeley. At UC Berkeley, an important meeting always suffered from a shortage of food. At Yale, I attended mundane events with tables stocked like a supermarket shelf. This was the
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Neil McClintick

How Berkeley is better than Stanford

Community-less College

With a hushed snippet preceding subsequent murmurs, one of my peers dashed outside. Like a spray of Axe in a middle school locker room, the news spread far and phenomenally quickly — my peer, a transfer student, had gotten into Stanford University.
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Ismael Farooqui

Baldwin and Buckley in Berkeley

The Campus on a Hill

As much as their arguments may continue to have relevance for a society rankled by issues of race, the very fact that men such as Baldwin and Buckley could debate is valuable in our own time.
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